What are some natural solutions for recovery following arthroscopic knee surgery for chondromalacia patellae?
I recommend you get a Physical Therapist to make sure your rehab is successful before you get back to exercising or athletic activity. Non-weight bearing exercises will help you strengthen the local muscles above and below the joint. Avoid bending the knee over 45 degrees if you have too much pain with bending the knee while doing the exercises. You can also keep the knee straight while doing exercises if repetitive bending causes more pain.
Using a stationary bike can help with cardiovascular fitness without loading the joint. However you have to make sure the bike seat is raised to atleast 100 degrees of knee bending to make sure there isn’t much compressive load on the patello-femoral joint. Make sure there is no resistance on the bike.
Rehabilitation guidelines will also depend on whether there is any ligament, meniscus, articular cartilage or other soft tissue injury.
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In Ayurveda, treatment guidelines would include massage with Mahanarayan oil or castor oil. Herbal formulas such as kaishore guggulu for joint inflammation, swelling and pain. Ashwagandha for muscle and joint healing and improving strength. Yogaraj Guggulu for healing the joint and reducing pain. Triphala for to detox the body and improve metabolism.
Ayurvedic herbs and oils for recovery:
- Kaishore guggulu tablets for reducing pain and inflammation
- Ashwagandha powder for improving strength
- Mahanarayan oil for massage
- Yogaraj Guggulu tablets for joint recovery and pain relief
- Triphala powder for detoxification
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